'John Carter,' aka the Edgar Rice Burroughs 'A Princess of Mars' adaptation

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i was the only one laughing at it, but the big SMACK towards the climax was great.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

i liked that i could actually see what was going on and follow the action. i get lost in cgi-land sometimes. and i really just loved the jumping thing! totally a kid's dream come true.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 02:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, good call -- nothing ever got too distracting or off. And speaking of CGI-land, that really was some high quality stuff at points, even/especially the Tharks; it shows how quickly the field has grown and improved even over the last few years. Rah for Scott liking it!

i was the only one laughing at it, but the big SMACK towards the climax was great.

Haha if it's what I'm thinking of, yeah, that made our group laugh too.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 04:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost Is "Return to Oz" really some cult classic?

I'm totally seeing this and "21 Jump Street" this weekend. Please wait out the two weeks til Hunger Games, John Carter, just for me!

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

Return to Oz is a total cult classic

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Return To Oz is v.v.cool.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

one of the reasons it's fondly remembered is all the awesome puppetry etc. Not sure the cgi of John Carter will be looked back on in the same way

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

Main reason I fondly remember RtO is it's fucking shit scary.

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

and we all know cgi ain't scary

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

The arena scene was almost *too* close visually to the one in the 2nd Star Wars prequel but it was also 1000x more fun/exciting. And with had less monsters!

I also really loved the Tharks. Agree with Ned that the CGI was pretty well done.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

is the plot of this movie totally incomprehensible? a.o. scott compared it to "dune," which to my mind reads = visually beautiful and incomprehensible.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

it is totally fucking by numbers good guys and bad guys and some other good guys. as i said upthread "incomprehensible" is being used as code for "i got bored and stopped paying attention".

ledge, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

(Xpost) * and with less monsters *

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

some of the dialogue is incomprehensible because its just people babbling about imaginary names that you literally dont know the meaning of.

these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

i followed the plot. and i'm not that swift.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean its basically a kid's movie. in the best possible way.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Xxpost As in most sci-fi. I mean - "Grand Moff Tarkin"? "Tusken Raiders"... It's all part of the tradition. Crits just wanted to pile on this one, I think.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

most film critics suck so bad. best to avoid them entirely.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

Btw I and off topic: that "Battleship" trailer? Ouch.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

At the risk of repeating myself, I wrote about why people are piling on to criticse - http://sickmouthy.com/2012/03/13/why-do-people-hate-john-carter-of-mars/

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

at risk of typing this sentence

(he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

for real tho I liked your post on the movie. looking forward to seeing it this weekend if it's still in theatres

(he did what!) (Austerity Ponies), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

all the trailers i saw before this looked so chaotic and ugly. except for new ridley scott. i definitely wanna see that. die hard on a space station looked okay i guess. though the trailer kinda sucked. i mean i would watch it on netflix. will pretty much watch any die hard on a something movie.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

what die hard on a space station movie would that be? also, you got the prometheus trailer? jealous.

ledge, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 15:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

oh that prometheus trailer looks v exciting even though I have no idea what's happening except something that looks like a space rollercoaster

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

prometheus is a moon of saturn, no?

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_%28moon%29

wind storm in trailer -> actually the moon hitting the rings of saturn?

lol bad science

mh, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, but I don't think that's where they are.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'd imagine the title is more to do with stealing fire from the gods

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prometheus is going to be some sort of prequel to Alien -- same universe but different/earlier setting, apparently. Yeah we got that one as well, looked great in 3D. Also enjoyed the ParaNorman and Brave trailers; Battleship can of course fuck off.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

i didn't even know john carter was also 3D. not an option where i am. was glad it wasn't. not a big fan of nu-3D or 3D in general. i'm always fiddling with the glasses.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think that's gotta be LV-426 in the Prometheus trailer. I mean that's totally the derelict ship. xpost

It was retro-fitted, so I skipped the 3D.

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

this film was kinda long but it was the exact opposite of my tin tin experience. couldn't wait for that to end. could have watched john carter movie for another half hour.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

is there a reference to prometheus in alien?

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

No, but in the viral fake-TED video, Weyland tells the story of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods and talks about his desire to lead the human race into a new era etc etc...

I loved Tin Tin xpost

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i did not love tin tin. but i was also kinda tired and cranky and it felt endless. end of a long day and all that...

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Prometheus also created man from clay in some myths. The safe bet is we're going to get a look at the creators of the Aliens. Space Jockeys and all that

Number None, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

viral fake Ted talk?

weyland of weyland-yutani?

this needs it's own thread of nerdery

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

it's an its not an it's

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

iPhone auto correcting "its" as a rule is a sign of a civilization in decay, i think

the late great, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

That thread already exists: They're Remaking 'Alien' -- the 'Prometheus' thread

stay in school if you want to kiw (Gukbe), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I loved "Tin Tin" as well except for the interminable, unnecessary and totally un-Herge'ish battle on the docks.

Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

The battle was out of place; pretty much everything else was a treat. Fun score from John Williams too.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Why was John Carter retrofitted? It seems like they would have shot that one in 3-D from the get-go.

Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

well up above it said that the director didn't want to do 3D so i guess he didn't film it in 3D.

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Fun score from John Williams too.

It was neat, though heavily reminiscent of his even better music for Catch Me If You Can.

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

(which movie I've never seen; I probz only see maybe 10% of the films whose scores I listen to)

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's true. it was in production for a very long time, though.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost

wow jon williams has really upped the ante since he left ILX

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 17:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

'left'

Axolotl with an Atlatl (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 18:10 (2 years ago) Permalink


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